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Transformers 2 Set Images - Chevy Beat Character Revealed

Posted on 10-09-2008 at 12:36 PM by Tim Formas under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
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Jalopnik has posted new images from the set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. The images feature the Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Trax, and Chevrolet Beat. The most exciting part of these pictures is that they reveal the license plate on the Chevrolet Beat reads SKIDS. Has the identity of the Chevrolet Beat been revealed? There is no official confirmation, but it appears that Skids is likely the name of the Autobot disguised as the Chevrolet Beat.
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grock35
if it truly is skids at least he's a close g1 match
Beastbot X
Wow, they're actually using Skids again? Considering the alternative meaning of that word and all...
Digilaut
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Originally Posted by grock35 View Post
if it truly is skids at least he's a close g1 match
Wasn't Skids a blue van?...

Not that I really care though. If it's a good character on its own.
General Tekno
So does that mean we'll have an erotic car wash scene with Megan Fox and the Beat?
Ceerad
looks like these three will be gettin a good chunk of screen time based on all the pics we've seen of them.
VAwitch
Well, guess that answers if the Beat & Trax = Sunstreaker & Sideside or Rack N Ruin...

But perhaps making them Twins/brothers (if the ice cream truck = Beat&Trax) is the Bay-twist, and otherwise the character will be much the same in personality?
G1Wheeljack
OK.....why Skids?
GogDog
SKIDS! Yes! Wish they would have used his Alternators form though.
Laser_Optimus
Huh. Never would have guessed that the Beat would be Skids. So, I wonder if Prime is going to lecture him about how he's not supposed to get screen time and stuff?

Also, have to say, vehicle wise it's not a bad match to his original... sure it's not a minivan, but it's got some design similarities.
grock35
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Originally Posted by G1Wheeljack View Post
OK.....why Skids?
an excuse for bay to shoot a steamy car wash scene with megan fox?
Nevermore
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Originally Posted by Digilaut View Post
Wasn't Skids a blue van?...
G1 Skids was a Honda City Turbo.
Thundercrackah
Cool, Skids works nicely for him. I wonder what his twin bro will be called.
I hope he tricks Ravage into falling down a mineshaft...
DieMaus
Skids, eh? He of "only two lines in the entire G1 series" non-fame? Given the vast quantities of memorable G1 Autobots with defined, iconic personalities and massive fan-followings, he seems a bit of an odd choice to say the least, but the movieverse tends to more or less do its own thing with the personalities anyway, so I guess it isn't a big deal.

Heck, on consideration, maybe they chose this character specifically to confound the purists..."OMG! Michael Bay RUINED Skids!!! Skids is supposed to be...uh...wait, what IS Skids supposed to be again?"
Optimatron
Well I guess that answers the question about whether or not the Beat and Trax are the "twins"?? Who are the twins then I wonder? If the Beat is Skids..then I wonder who the Trax is. My guess would be Cliffjumper...but that is just from personal preferance I suppose.
Switchblade
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Originally Posted by G1Wheeljack View Post
OK.....why Skids?
Why not?

This news doesn't really do anything for me. The Beat isn't my favorite car and Skids isn't one of my favorite characters. I'll just wait and see how the character ends up in the movie.
rapid_fire
The other liscence plate sais "mirage"
saberconvoy
Skidz not my choice but its ok.

I was kinda hoping on a different transformer but ill go with this.
Ceerad
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Originally Posted by rapid_fire View Post
The other liscence plate sais "mirage"
Really!?

What are you, CSI or something?
How the hell did you figure that out?
grock35
i thought it said blurr....since all i saw was a blur...haha but really how did you get mirage out of that?
Rhinox555
Heh, cool little surprise.
Green though? hmm, well if his shape in bot mode is close enough it's fine i guess.
DrLee
I agree.... tried all my photoshop skills on the pics of the Trax plate and got nuthin....

How'd you do it?
Thundercrackah
The Trax's plate looks like it's been purposely blurred out on the enlarged version of the photo.
Tim Formas
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Originally Posted by Thundercrackah View Post
The Trax's plate looks like it's been purposely blurred out on the enlarged version of the photo.
I don't think it was purposely blurred out per se. Part of the big Jalopnik watermark covers the plate (unintentionally, I think) and caused it to be blurred as a result.

It's hard to tell, but it at least looks like the plate starts with an M.
Smokescreen
Skids is a good choice for him. Can't wait to find out what the Trax will be called.
n_tel_ekt
Hey can anyone blow up the pic that clearly shows the name "Skids" on the licence plates of the Beat??? Maybe then we can read the name on the Trax vehicle? Thanks in advance.
Ironhide2005
Skids is okay with me the funny thing is someone put in a photo-comic how skids would never be in the movies lol.Also cliffjumper should be the red one it make sense.
Spoiler
I'm sorry, but that pic even blown up does not look anything like an M lol!
Thundercrackah
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Originally Posted by Tim Formas View Post
I don't think it was purposely blurred out per se. Part of the big Jalopnik watermark covers the plate (unintentionally, I think) and caused it to be blurred as a result.
Ahh, yeah you're right.
General Tekno
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Originally Posted by Thundercrackah View Post
Ahh, yeah you're right.
Someone get on the horn to Jalopnik and find out what the license plate says!
Sledgehammer
Well, having scoured those high-res pix thoroughly, all I can say is this: if anyone can make head or tail of the splat on the back of the Beat (beyond the M-like shape pointed out by Tim), then you've either got some bionic eyeballs, or you're completely bonkers.

Hold on a mo, what if that isn't M...looks like it could be H?
Lion
Any chance that was a set up (misinformation)? I mean for it to be placed where it was, I mean they should have just thrown a reel of the film out in the middle of a field. That's a pretty big revalation for something that Bay is supposedly guarding, or trying to guard so well...
Digilaut
I'm working on the red Trax right now, but when fiddling around with it, I don't think it's a word like on Skids.

I think so far it looks something like this:
My54?-96

Of course, pic is too vague to use, so it could be anything.
Ceerad
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Originally Posted by Tim Formas View Post

It's hard to tell, but it at least looks like the plate starts with an M.
Great....could be Mirage.
Could be Mesopotamia.
DrLee
I do wonder if the name thing is a trick on the fans.....
caitlindevi
definatly looks like it starts with an M.

It would be nice if it was mirage...a F1 would have just looked silly.

and it does kinda give away a third act battle twist....devestator against mirage illusion....which i seem to remeber happening in an old G1 Episode or something like it.
caitlindevi
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Originally Posted by DrLee View Post
I do wonder if the name thing is a trick on the fans.....
possibly....doen't look like a plate asgood as the one on bumblebee.

plus it would make more sense for the red one to be cliffjumper.
seeker311
Skids is a good choice but if theyre twins, then who would the other be? Plus, I would hate for a new set of convolluted set of brothers be made up because Bay wanted it.
Tell_Story
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Originally Posted by Optimatron View Post
Well I guess that answers the question about whether or not the Beat and Trax are the "twins"?? Who are the twins then I wonder? If the Beat is Skids..then I wonder who the Trax is. My guess would be Cliffjumper...but that is just from personal preferance I suppose.
I think we have a winner on Cliffjumper!
MythofBlackout
This is actually a pretty good choice. The original Skids was a small hatchback car and his alternator had tacky flame stickers on the sides. Movie Skids is a small hatchback car with tacky tribal stickers on the sides. And if the robot mode is similar to the leaked Trax bot design (I'm assuming it is, being they're twins and all) then he should look somewhat similar to G1 Skids.

The only inaccuracy, so far, seems to be the color.
Ceerad
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Originally Posted by caitlindevi View Post

plus it would make more sense for the red one to be cliffjumper.
Not really.....Jazz was silver, Ironhide was black, Ratchet was green and Prime had flames. Really no G1 affiliation with the color choices other than the Bee.
Mega-con
I would also guess Cliffjumper as the name seems to be long. I'm cool with a Cliffjumper and Skids.
iconscons
This means nothing. Since there isn't a real license plate on it they will have to put it in post production. They can change it to wheelie for all we know.

means nothing.
Glitcher
Skids? An odd choice for a theoretician to be on the team. Anyone willing to bet that Bay is going to throw his established personality out the window? And why, why, why can't the vehicles ever be the right colour?

Still... if a scene like this shows up with Megan Fox, I'll shut up.

TechStar25
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Originally Posted by Nevermore View Post
G1 Skids was a Honda City Turbo.
Let's compare...

Darth Rodimus
Railguard
Damit, looks like I'll have to buy some of the movie toys too. Man my wallet hates me.
Digilaut
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Originally Posted by Glitcher View Post
Skids? An odd choice for a theoretician to be on the team. Anyone willing to bet that Bay is going to throw his established personality out the window? And why, why, why can't the vehicles ever be the right colour?
Well..this is just speculating from my part..I don't know all the bots in the new movie, but color choice was pretty obvious in the first movie. If they would have gone with the G1 colors we would have had:

2 red vehicles (Prime & Ironhide)
2 white vehicles (Ratchet & Jazz)
1 yellow vehicle (Bumblebee)

2x2 bots that look the same, plus the fact red doesn't let itself be shot very good on film, and the fact that white is pretty boring. I'd say more than enough reason for variation.

So far, looks like they're doing the same for the new bots..a new silver one, a red one and a green one..and then the Blue Volt that has been seen driving along that may or may not be an Autobot..
kjeevahh
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Originally Posted by Digilaut View Post
Wasn't Skids a blue van?...

Not that I really care though. If it's a good character on its own.
no, he was blue, but a little 2-door not a van
Digilaut
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Originally Posted by kjeevahh View Post
no, he was blue, but a little 2-door not a van
You're right. Some other people have pointed me to this. I wasn't very familiar with the character and when I google searched I thought it looked like a van (not even talking about the Alternators Scion version btw)..but you are right. Rechecked the Marvel comics, it's definitely not as big as my mind made me believe.

Thanks!

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